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. nuclear fears and confusion in japan. oo nuclear safety official tells cnn a meltdown may, repeat, may be under way in a reactor at a nuclear plant rocked by the earthquake. japan's ambassador to the united states tells me that is not the case. another aftershock hitting hard in japan. our reporters on the scene describe the fear they felt when the 6.1 tremor struck. we're told more than 140 aftershocks jolted the island over the past 24 hours. and the search through the rubble is stretching into a third day. japan's prime minister says more than 3,000 people have been rescued but it's now feared the death toll from the monster quake and tsunami will climb to 1800 or higher. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in the situation room. i want to get to the breaking news that we're following, the fear that a meltdown at one of the nuclear reactors in japan may be under way. update our viewers on what we know right now. >> reporter: well, a nuclear expert earlier today called it a hail mary pass. the japanese were pumping sea wa
>> mitchell: tonight, disaster in japan. in the aftermath of the massive earthquake, wide areas of japan's northeast coast lie in ruins without power or transportation. as officials say the death toll could well be over 1,000. i'm russ mitchell. also tonight, nuclear concerns. an explosion rocks a nuclear power plant but leaves the nuclear core intact. now questions are being raised about nuclear safety both in japan and here at home. season at risk-- why the breakdown of nfl labor talks could mean no action on the nation's gridirons this fall. and quake questions-- this town prepared in the u.s. for an earthquake as strong as the one that hit japan. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with russ mitchell. >> mitchell: and good evening. it is already sunday morning in japan, and another major aftershock has just hit the country which is still digging out after friday's disastrous 8.9-magnitude earthquake. here's the latest-- an explosion at a nuclear power plant forced 170,000 people to evacuate while an emergency was declared tonight at a second reactor in
the latest on some california experts now on their way to japan to lend their expertise with the contiinnu t th therou good night. >>> disaster, in japan. dramatic rescues and utter devastation. tonight, after natural disaster, a power plant explosion and a threat of nuclear disaster. just how dangerous is it? plus a new look at the power and fury of a tsunami. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. right about now people here in japan are starting to ask themselves how much worse can things get? struck yesterday by one of the largest earthquakes ever on record entire communities swept away under a 30 foot high tsunami and now this. thousands forced to flee from path of a radioactive leak. it is sunday morning here in tokyo. far from the epicenter still feeling the occasional aftershock. in the disaster zone itself, along the east coast, rescue efforts have been complicated by damage to a nuclear power plant. it could potentially suffer a nuclear meltdown. and there is late word of an emergency involving a second reactor in that complex. hundreds of bodies have been
assist in japan after the huge earthquake and tsunami. >>> also, conflicting reports on a possible nuclear meltdown there. what's actually happening? >>> all of this causing a sizeable economic impact in japan, the u.s. and beyond. you're in the cnn news room. i'm fredricka witfield. we'll get to all of those angles in japan and beyond. but first, a look at some other top stories. in the middle east, yemeni security forces fired guns and tear gas at protesters outside sanaa university today. at least 110 people were hurt. protesters are angry over high unemployment and what they see as government corruption and a lack of political freedom. >>> two men with ties to egypt's former leader have been arrested for orchestrating this assault on protesters in cairo's tahrir square. armed attackers charged through the crowd on horses and camels last month. nine days later, hosni mubarak was overthrown. >>> and in the u.s., new york police and the ntsb are investigating a bus crash that killed 14 people. there are conflicting reports about what caused the bus to flip and swerve into a pole y
recommended bed in america. >>> new nuclear fears in japan. officials say a partial meltdown is likely happening now and multiple meltdowns are a real possibility. >>> unbelievable amateur video at the moment the tsunami hit. water pouring in, flooding cars and everything in its way in miyako, japan. more amazing pictures next. hi, everybody. great to have you with me today. i'm thomas roberts. this is the continuing coverage of the disaster in japan. it's 12 noon in the east and 2:00 a.m. monday in japan. three major stories developing now in that country. up first, sobering words from japan's prime minister. he says the earthquake and tsunami disaster is the nation's worst crisis since world war ii. meanwhile, workers at a nuclear power plant hit by the earthquake and tsunami are trying to keep temps down to prevent the disaster from grewing worse. the escalating crisis includes the threat of multiple meltdowns. >>> more than 200,000 people have been forced to evacuate a 12-mile radius around nuclear plants. japan's chief cabinet secretary says nine people tested positive for high ra
>>> six nuclear reactors at two power plants in japan are at risk of meltdown after the cooling systems fail. add to that, one of the buildings housing the reactors exploded earlier today. emergency crews ordered more than 170,000 people to evacuate the areas around those two power plants. as for the earthquake and tsunami, officials have confirmed the deaths of nearly 800 people. but tens of thousands of people are still missing tonight. there are stories coming out as well of people who evacuated to schools, to shelters, only to have the shelter destroyed by the tsunami. one described how the road moved up and down like a wave during the earthquake, then things caught on fire while it was snowing and then the tsunami hit. there's now 100,000 troops on the ground along the northeastern coast. good evening. i'm diane dwyer. we have team coverage of the ongoing aftermath. elyce kirchner is covering the threat of the meltdown. kimberly tere is in santa cruz. but first, nbc's lee cowan has the latest from japan. >> reporter: good morning from tokyo. it is sunday morning here, where
't forget there are enormous numbers of earthquakes in japan. people are not completely terrified every time there is an earthquake. it happens a lot. it's just that this earthquake was one of the most powerful ones ever recorded. one of the interesting things when you get back to the nuclear power plants, thomas, is the nuclear power plants were designed to with stand earthquakes that were five times less powerful than the one that hit them. they weren't designed to sustain a tsunami at the same time. you have to ask was the planning correct here? that's easier in hindsight, but was it correct in terms of safety measures. >> bob, thank you very much. appreciate it. >>> the situation with japan's nuclear reactor brings to mind for a lot of people the 1986 chernobyl disaster in russia and 1979's three mile island disaster in pennsylvania. joining me on the phone is dick thornburg who was governor of pennsylvania during the three mile island crisis. what has been going through your head as you watch the events unfolding in japan and the talk and fear about the nuclear reactors there? >> there
and let it play for you just as it was covered in the news in japan. take a look. >> that's how it all unfolded. right after the tsunami an earthquake hit. of course, after this, the initial shock. then came the damage. take a look at this new video coming in. craters in the streets all over japan, and that is just to start. and, again, all of these images are coming to us from japanese television. and as we go through this broadcast, we're just going to talk over the video and just let you look at it for yourself. look at this. that was probably a neighborhood once. now it's a field of destruction. these are the streets. police on the streets. cars trying to get through when they can. most of it, we're told, is just uninhabitable. look at that. people trying to figure out exactly what's going on. they're wearing masks. many people close to the source of that explosion at a nuclear plant have been wearing radiation suits. and a lot of this, again, coming to us from japanese television. it is incredible to see these images. >>> also happening as we speak, rescues from the rubble and the
hours. and the search through the rubble is stretching into a third day. japan's prime minister says more than 3,000 people have been rescued, but it's now feared the death toll from the monster quake and tsunami will climb to 1,800 or higher. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> want to get to the breaking news that we're following. the fear that a meltdown at one of the nuclear reactors in japan may be under way. jeanne meserve is watching this story for us. update our viewers, jeanne, on what we know right now. >> well, a nuclear expert earlier today called it a hail mary pass. the japanese were pumping seawater into a reactor to try and keep it cool. in addition, infusing it with boran in an attempt to stop the radiological chemical reaction, the nuclear reaction. all of this, a desperate effort to prevent a meltdown. the japanese ambassador to the u.s. said on our air a short time ago that there was no meltdown in progress. but an official with japan's nuclear and industrial safety agency
will have an update on japan, the japanese ambassador to the united states will be among her guests. >>> the known death toll in japan's earthquake tsunami disaster is now over 1,200. the government official believes more than 10,000 people may have died in one region alone. and this morning, the possibility of meltdowns in two nuclear reactors. the japanese government believes there could be a second hydrogen explosion similar to one yesterday building another housing reactor. 200,000 people have been evacuated. at least nine tested positive and health authorities are already distributing iodine tablets as an antidote to radiation. public broadcasting in japan told evacuees to close doors and windows, put a wet towel over their nose and mouth and cover up. this morning the prime minister announced rolling power outages throughout the country and called this japan's most difficult moment since world war ii. today catastrophe in japan. the latest from ambassador ichiro fujsaki. an expert's take on the nuclear hazard with physicist james acton and lessons for america with former fema
>>> japan wakes but not from its nightmare. >> my son might have been engulfed by the tsunami. >> a new day brings fresh scenes of devastation. new fears of nuclear disaster. >> we don't know about what's going on inside the plant at the moment. >> and an ever rising death toll. tonight, the latest most revealing pictures from the worst hit city, as the grim search for survivors continues. relief finally arrives. >> we're here to help. >> there are dramatic stories of rescue, but an overwhelming sense of despair. >> we lost everything. >> with thousands missing, cities gone -- >> the longer time goes on, the less likely we'll find survivors. >> and a proud nation brought to its knees. the very latest with ann curry and lester holt, on the disaster in japan. >> welcome to this special edition of "dateline." i'm lester holt reporting from tokyo. it is monday morning here and the disaster in japan has deepened, its scope widened, the death toll risen astronomically, now estimated 10,000 people. it is the greatest crisis they have face leaders say since world war ii. here's ann cu
crowley in washington. stay tuned to cnn for much more coverage of the disaster in japan. up next, "fareed zakaria gps." >> this is "gps," the global public square. welcome to all of you in the united states and around the world? i'm fareed zakaria. i'll give you my take on the tragic devastation in japan. but first, here is the latest. the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami. japan's prime minister says his country is grappling with its worst crisis since world war ii. it's a race against time for rescue workers. the official death toll now stands at more than 1,200. but it will rise. one regional official says the deaths in his area alone were undoubtedly in the tens of thousands. 200,000 people living near a nuclear power plant in fukushima have been evacuated. there was explosion in a reactor yet and there are fears that there he will will be another explosion at a different reactor at the same plant. the world is trying to help out. the u.s.s. ronald reagan arrived off the coast on sunday and made dozens of trips delivering aid. meanwhile, more video is emerging of the sheer scale
>>> utter devastation. there really is no other way to describe what's left of northern japan. the prime minister calls it the worst crisis since world war ii. half the people in one town are missing. now japan's bracing for what could be the next disaster. meltdown fears as two squak-damaged reactors. >>> there is some hope amid this catastrophe. separated families are being reunited. rescue teams from around the world are arriving in full force. >>> from cnn's world headquarters in atlanta, it's march 13th. i'm randi kai. . >> i'm andrew stevens in hong kong. we would like to welcome our viewers from around the world. >> as japan tries to recover from that powerful quake and tsunami, there are growing fears today. the country could be hit with a nuclear disaster. first, a quick update on the human scope of this disaster. the official death toll, now 977, 739 missing, but those figures, of course, expected to rise. one regional police official says the deaths in his area alone, quoet, will undoubtedly be in the thousands. thousands are missing. more than 200,000 people who li
but they say there's no sign of dangerous radiation levels in the area. >>> and japan has started rolling blackos and turned off the lights at major landmarks to conserve electricity. the nation is struggling to repair power plants that friday's earthquake and tsunami damaged. 1.3 million japanese are still without power today. >>> a u.s. navy carrier group is running emergency supplies into japanese coastal towns. the "uss ronald reagan" was already in the area when the earthquake struck. japan's prime minister said today, this is japan's worst crisis since world war ii. and he made a call for a national unity. >> translator: please, i ask each one of you, please have such determination. and to deepen your bond with your family members, neighbors, and people in your community to overcome this crisis. so that japan can be a better place. we can build together. this is the message i'd like to emphasize to the japanese people. >> in other top stories, security forces in yemen fired guns and tear gas at protesters outside sanaa university today. at least 110 people reportedly were hu
tonight, earthquake. scenes out of a disaster film. when a earthquake struck off the coast of japan today it set off destruction the likes of which we have never seen before. it set off a tsunami that swept over rural and urban areas with devastating results. the 8.9 quake was the strongest in japanese history. strongest on record anywhere ever. the latest from japan and from experts in america. the u.s. is offering to help with rescue and airlift operations. the quake led to tsunami warnings in hawaii, alaska, and the west coast of the u.s. there was no real damage. plus, that's what it was. here's what wisconsin senate majority leader told fox news about the battle against unions out there. if we win this battle, and the money is not there under the auspices of the unions, certainly what you are going to find is president obama is going to have a much more difficult time getting elected and winning the state of wisconsin. there you have it. in black and white. look for democrats to use wisconsin as a rallying cry in 2012. gas lines from republicans. first haley barber suggested presiden
. >> since filing that report, brian is now on the way to japan with the fairfax search and rescue team. he'll be reporting later from japan for all of us. we want to welcome our viewers here in the united states and around the world. this is a special edition of "the situation room." happening now, conflicting reports about a dangerous emergency at one of japan's earthquake-damaged nuclear power plants. an official with japan's nuclear and industrial safety agency tells cnn a meltdown may, repeat, may be under way. but japan's ambassador to the united states tells me that's not true. he says there is no meltdown. on top of that, we're seeing reports of a second reactor at the same facility, report that is it failed just hours ago. but the story and the scope of the disaster is much bigger. the official death toll from friday's catastrophic earthquake and tsunami is now at 686, but the toll will be much, much higher. in just one town, nearly 10,000 people are now formally officially listed as missing. so far, at least 3,000 people have been rescued. you're watching cnn's continuing coverage
>>> japan's triple tragedy. gruesome discoveries and multiple meltdowns now alarmingly possible. what can japan do to prevent a potential nuclear catastrophe? >>> coming up, the latest on the disaster in japan. plus, new stunning video of the tsunami's sudden fury. good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. it's just past 11:00 a.m. eastern. 8:00 a.m. out west. we have three major stories developing in japan. up first, sobering words from japan's prime minister. he said earthquake and tsunami disaster is the nation's worst crisis since world war ii. meanwhile, the japanese government is warning that another hydrogen explosion could happen at a nuclear power plant reactor. workers now pumping sea water into the reactor to prevent a meltdown. more than 200,000 people have been forced to evacuate a 12 mile radius around the nuclear plants. japan's chief cabinet secretary says nine people have tested positive for high radiation levels on their skin and clothing. let's go live again to our london bureau where nbc is keeping track of all the latest developments. >> good morning, alex. it'
>>> more devastation in japan this morning, as the death toll from that massive quake and tsunami rises. >> also, tens of thousands of people are forced out of their homes amid fears of a nuclear meltdown. >>> fundraising efforts are underway to help the people hurt by that devastating earthquake in japan. >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to mornings on 2. it is sunday, march 13. >> we do have ktvu's crews here, and in tokyo. we're going to hear from them in a moment. >> first, let's check in with rosemary. >> sunrising at 7:24. still dark out there. in addition to clouds outside our door. that ahead of a storm. the sunrising at 7:24. the best news about that, the sun setting at 7:15. with cloudy conditions out there, we are warmer than we started yesterday. we're tracking the storm, and we'll talk about the wet active pattern, expected as we move through next week as well. all of that coming up in just a few moments. >>> this morning, there are near fears the death toll from the disaster could go over 10,000. this is new video that shows the severity of the disasters in th
their lives. anna coren, cnn, japan. >>> next, what you can do to help displaced children in january. nationwide insurance. talk to me. should i bundle all my policies with nationwide insurance ? watch this. on one hand, you have your home insurance with one company. and on another hand, you have your auto with another. and on another hand, you have your life with another. huh... but when you bundle them all together with nationwide insurance... ... they all work together perfectly-- and you could save 25%. wow... it's all in the wrists. ♪ nationwide is on your side >>> dozens of countries are offering to help japan as it recovers from the big earthquake and tsunami. take a look at this map. the countries in gold have either already sent crews or supplies or announced as they will. even the poor afghan city of kandahar announced it is donating $50,000 to what it called its brothers and sisters of japan. >>> the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier uss "ronald reagan" is now in japan, already started delivering aid in the coastal regions as it spores the relief operation. >>> and one of
>>> first came the violent earthquake, then a devastating tsunami. now japan is battling to prevent another explosion at a nuclear power plant. hello to all of our viewers all over the world. i'm max foster in london. we begin, though, with japan's growing nuclear nightmare, a top government official says there's the possibility of a meltdown two of the country's nuclear reactors. you're watching the smoke rising from saturday's explosion at the number one reactor at the fukushima daiichi plant in the crisis in northeastern japan may get worse, we understand. the crisis in northeastern japan may get worse, we understand. japan's chief cabinet secretary says the number three reactor is also vulnerable but yukio edano can't confirm that it's a meltdown. >> there are different things that go along with having a business, right? and what i have created doesn't require any of that stuff. it's actually -- you don't have to sell anybody anything. you don't have to do customer support. it's an automated way to make money on the internet. in fact i have a video that i'd like to show right no
to the coverage of the disaster in japan. i'm randi kaye. >> and ivan dr've i'm andrew st. thank you for joining us. >> we heard from the prime minister. he called this the country's worst crisis since world war ii. the situation with the nuclear reactors is adding to power problems for the rest of the country. millions are still without electricity. take a listen to what the prime minister said. >> translator: many power plants have been damaged. and tokyo electric power plant and other power plants are in short supply of the power. especially in tohoku. so the government has instructed the utmost efforts to those power companies to get the supply from other power companies and we'd also like to ask the industries, as well as ordinary households to save energy and power. however, we do not know when those facilities will be restored. so in this situation, we could fall into shortage of power. and if this situation remains like this, we could fall into power outage in a wide area. >> in the coastal areas, some 12,000 people have already been rescued in the aftermath of the earthquake and the ts
>> schieffer: today on "face the nation," a triple disaster of unimagined proportions in japan. first, an earthquake and then, the tsunami, and the damage from what now looks like has set off a meltdown in one of the country's nuclear reactors. our correspondents are spread across japan, and we'll have the latest from overnight. it's all ahead on "face the nation." captioning sponsored by cbs "face the nation" with cbs news chief washington correspondent bob schieffer. and now from washington, bob schieffer. >> schieffer: and good morning again. though the news this morning is not very good, not good at all, but here is the latest. the japanese prime minister said today that the disaster that had hit his country-- and we're quoting him directly here-- is "the worst crisis for japan since world war ii." the death toll is now likely to go beyond 10,000 in just one state alone. it turns out the quake damaged two nuclear reactors at a power plant on the coast, maybe three. one of them seems to be going through a partial meltdown, which means radiation could leak. we have a team of
bringing to six the total number of reactors that have failed in japan. here's what we know at this hour. those six reactors are at risk of spreading radiation about 170 miles northeast of tokyo. one building exploded early this morning, housing one of those reactors, but remarkably we're told the reactor containment vessel is still intact and crews are pumping sea water into that vessel to try to cool it right now. so far there are no further reports of radiation escaping from that site. japanese officials confirmed the deaths of almost 700 people, but tens of thousands of people are still missing tonight. more than 215,000 people are living in temporary shelters in five areas. and millions are without water and power at this hour. here in california, we, too, have nuclear power plants and earthquakes. could it happen here. there are 104 power plants in the u.s. including two on the west coast. the closest reactor to the bay area is the diablo canyon nuclear power plant located near san luis obispo. it's said it's unlikely what happened in japan would happen here. >> as you
area. good night. >>> tonight on "world news" from japan, the disaster in the pacific, and the fears of the meltdown. is japan on the verge of a nuclear catastrophe even as they reel from a tsunami and earthquake. >> swept away. our team on the ground closest to the epicenter. fires raging. entire villages under the water. thousands unaccounted for. the desperate search and rescue milgz tonight. >>> how vulnerable is our own coastline in america? also, the ring of fire. should this be a wake-up call? >>> and the the calls from the disaster zone. americans who survived the earthquake here, trying to assure their loved ones at home. >>> and good evening from japan tonight where there are two crises unfolding here. first, the recovery efforts continue after the tsunami. the cars were swept down the street in that tsunami. and of course, take a look at this image tonight. one town before the earthquake and tsunami. and this image of it afterward. while all of this unfoldled today, another major headline. a nuclear power plant, an explosion. the wall around one of the reactors exploding.
>>> utter testimony devastation. no other way to describe what's left of northern japan. coastlines littered with what the tsunami left behind. japan's bracing for what could be the next disaster. meltdown fears at two quake-damaged reactors. >> some hope, though, amid the catastrophe, survivors pulled from the rubble and rooftops. separated families being reun e reunited and rescue teams arriving in full force. >>> millions of people are running short on food, clean water, gas, the basic necessities that have suddenly become so crucial. from cnn center in atlanta, march 13th. i'm randi kaye. >> and i'm andrew stevens in hong kong. we'd like to welcome viewers in the united states and from around the world to our continuing coverage of the disaster in japan. >> as japan tries to recover from the powerful quake and tsunami there, are growing fears today the country could be hit with a nuclear disaster. this is the actual moment of explosion at a nuclear plant in tu fukushima. sea water has been poured into the reactor to cool the fuel rods. about 160 people being tested for possible
. >>> other after shock hit japan with a magnitude of 6.2 and this is in east of tokyo and got slammed with an 8.9 magnitude earthquake on friday, and with more than 150 after shocks since then and between the quake and tsunami, the death toll could climb past 4,000. 4million homes without power, an oil refinery is burning and there are major concerns about this nuclear reactor. and with search going bronx, it's -- going wrong, it's impossible to ignore the need. >> american relief efforts are underway and they're on alert and headed out, and search-and- rescue teams is en route. molly henny bug looks at how america is responding. >> reporter: seven u.s. military ships were sent to the region, including the uss ronald reagan with medical facilities on board and airlift capabilities to move people and supply. president obama had a briefing this morning. the white house said, by his homeland security advisor in the office. and in japan, the u.s. has 38,000 troops stationed in japan. the defense department put out this video of marines preparing to leave their homebase on the island of ok
:00. >>> more cries for japan. an earthquake and then tsunami. and tonight the threat of a nuclear meltdown. good evening, i'm ken pritchett in for ken waynes. >> and hello everyone i'm heather holmes. japan is trying to skirt a nuclear catastrophe following that 8.9 earthquake and then tsunami. they said a partial meltdown is likely underway inside an earthquake damaged reactor. >> we do believe that there is a possibility that meltdown has occurred. it is inside the reactor. >> now, this news comes after an earlier explosion at another reactor at this same facility. experts say that explosion was likely caused by hydrogen gas that forms when water hits super-heated fuel rods. well, the blast destroyed the building housing the reactor but not the reactor itself which is encased by six inch thick stainless steel. the government though today ordered the evacuation of 170,000 people. everyone living within 12 miles of this plant. (speaking japanese). >> officials say 10 kilometers or 20 kilometers is safe but the radiation may change and go out wider. it is very disturbing. >> workers are cur
. >> a fox urgent, nuclear crisis in japan. i'm harris falkner, we're live with a special edition of fox report. a new threat of multiple reactor meltdowns and frantically trying to cool down the reactors with sea water and are' looking at the two plants in question, fukushima where there's been at least one explosion and the other, where we're getting word now radiation levels have dropped back to normal after what they're doing there for the problem. japan's prime minister speaking about friday's twin disasters, the earthquake and tsunami and now the nuclear threat. his words through a translator. >> 65 years after the end of world war ii, this is the toughers and most difficult for japan in that period. >> harris: we're just starting to get some satellite images. this is sendai, the epicenter of the quake. before on the left side of the screen and after. you can see how a torrent of tsunami driven mud ripped through the covered ground here. the government confirming now more than 2500 buildings in that city destroyed. scientists have just revised their estimates now how big that earth
alert. t the disaster in japan keeps getting worse. japanese officials confirm that a meltdown could be occurring and we will have the latest. >> dave: this as the death toll is rising, the number of people killed could top a staggering 10,000 in one state alone. >> clayton: take a look at this, satellite image showing what a city in japan looked like before and then after the tsunami. stunning images show how powerful the natural disaster really was. "fox & friends," hour two, starts right now. . >> dave: for many of you it's hour number one, those of you that didn't spring forward and get the clocks reset. it is hour number two. >> clayton: and a lot happening. the nuclear explosion in one of the plants was-- the word from the government that the plant is on the verge of a meltdown. >> alisyn: hard to know. what's the late s, david. >> reporter: there's a warning from the government that there could be an explosion at the plant, there's been a build up of hydrogen, different from the one yesterday and warning that there could have been already a partial meltdown of one of the unit
in japan. the new threat some say is actually happening right now. >>> we're panicking, and it was really scary. >> hear from people from japan who heard about their own hometown disaster while here in the bay area. >>> as soon as we move those folks, that oil is going to come to the surface. >> the pollution the new concern as the cleanup begins in santa cruz harbor, 17 million in cleanup, not including the boats. we have new information on the tsunami coming to shore in emoryville. good evening, thank you for joining us. right now in japan, sunday afternoon, government officials now admit a partial meltdown is partly under way at the country's new facilities. authorities ordered 150,000 people the evacuate the area, 170 miles from tokyo, and the shaking still has not stopped after the quake. a powerful quake off the coast happened. rescue crews are looking for people missing along 100s of miles of coastline, with many areas still unreachable. and we just got word that japanese police found 200 bodies in a coastal area. and new fears at one nuclear power plant that rose above the legal l
welcome viewers to our continuing coverage of the aftermath of the earthquake in japan. it has been 48 hours of hell for japan, the country is reeling from the double blow of the huge earthquake and tsunami that followed. one of the biggest concerns right now is the threat of nuclear complications. more on that in a moment. first, japan's emergency headquarters says the death toll has just passed 800. that is a number certain to rise. at least 678 are confirmed missing. more than 1400 listed as injured. those numbers only hint at the devastation. one japanese news agency reports 10,000 people missing from one town alone. local media is already reporting word from the prime minister that more than 3,000 people have been rescued. our paula hancocks to arrive in minamisanriku. she reports half of the town's 18,000 residents are simply missing. it's a town that had 18,000 citizens. that would mean 9,500 people still missing. let me get out of the shot so you can have a look at just how badly this area is damaged. where we're standing here is on the edge of town. you can see a couple of hou
said about army and wikileaks that led to his resignation. >> heather: but first, japan's worst crisis since world war ii, that is how they are describing the earthquake. at this hour, the death toll is in the thousands and exact number may never be known. a powerful quake and subs consequent tsunami. the government is working frantically to prevent nuclear meltdowns. greg palkot joins us live north of tokyo from the latest on the recovery efforts. >> reporter: that japanese prime minister went on to say it's going to take the determination of people like the folks in these coastal town in northeastern japan and people throughout the region to deal with the situation. they are getting hit on all fronts. as you noted there is a nuclear catastrophe up the coast from where we are. today we saw another nuclear reactor stricken by the earthquake that hit here on friday. sea water had to be poured into the reactor to cool it down to avoid a full scale meltdown. still evacuation of the region around this nuclear reactor complex continues and the screening for radiation poisoning also continue
>> jamie: at this hour we are getting word from japan there could be a third nuclear plant in trouble there. sources are saying that the american committee in japan is reporting update that the plan may have similar plants to explosion from yesterday, partial meltdown. keep it on fox. we'll send it to washington now have a good day. >> shannon: i'm shannon bream live in washington. we begin america's news headquarters with the fox news alert. japan is reeling from what he is calling the worst crisis since world war ii. the threat of nuclear disaster is growing as they try to avert multiple meltdown in nuclear reactors. thousands are dead from the earthquake and the tsunami it caused and more than a million people are without food, clean water and electricity. we have team coverage from the epicenter of thedy sast to the u.s. greg, what is the latest? >> a cold dark night here in the fishing village and the folks probably went to bed thinking of what the prime minister had to say. he told them it would take determination to get them through this. just up the coast, the nucle
>>> good morning. disaster in japan. the nuclear threat grows here with partial meltdowns reported in two reactors. death toll estimates soar, an extraordinary new look at the moment of the crisis. that unstoppable tsunami that swept away entire communities. this morning, we'll visit the hardest hit area, an entire city in ruins. hardest hit area, an entire city in ruins. today sunday, march 13th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm lester holt in downtown tokyo. >> i'm jenna wolfe back here in new york. a lot going on in japan right now. we are getting reports of partial meltdowns and two of those reactors. i understand, lester, things have gotten much worse overnight. >> jenna, they really have. we have been experiencing a number of aftershocks, but, really, the world wants to focus on the survivors and finding people. watching this nuclear situation play out has been very disturbing. perhaps two meltdowns and a third reactor at the same plant complex may be at risk of an explosion. very di
. >> i'm nationalie alan in cnn. it is sun afternoon in sendai, japan, where 48 hours ago the biggest earthquake ever recorded in japan struck just offshore. the japanese meet logical society has upgraded that quake to a magnitude of 9.0, while the u.s. geological survey has maintained a rating of 8.9. the city's 1 million people, and countless towns and vimmages to the north were devastated by the subsequent tsunami that crashed over the coastline and tore through everything in its path. while that danger has passed, another has emerged. at this hour, we are tracking a new and extremely serious concern. >> japanese nuclear official says there is a possibility just a possibility, that there could be a meltdown at one of the reactors at the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant. a second reactor is also in trouble, but japan's ambassador to the u.s. has told cnn there is no evidence that a meltdown is under way. >> estimated 80,000 people live within ten kilometers of the plant, six miles, all of them have evacuated. another 180,000 people live up to 20 kilometers from the plant, they are be
cruz harbor. >> the tactic search and rescue crews are taking to try to save victims of the japan quake. >> cause for concern. where things stand now at the nuclear power plant in japan facing a failure. >> complete bay area news coverage starts right now. this is ktvu channel 2news at six. >> good evening. i'm ken pritchett. >> i'm heather holmes. another crisis tonight in japan stemming from the 8.9 earthquake and tsunami. an emergency at a third nuclear reactor, the second today. there are reports but an official said an meltdown is a possibility. the ambassador to the united states denies there is evidence though of a meltdown. the nuclear agency said the cooling system malfunctioned at unit three of the plant that is 170 miles from tokoyo. earlier there was an explosion at the same complex of the outer building that houses the reactor. leaks have been detected. officials say 20kilometers is safe but it may change and go wider. it's disturbing. >> evacuations have been ordered for all residents with in a dozen miles of the plant. that's more than 200,000 people and we als
, a nuclear one. partial meltdowns may already be happening at two reactors in japan. four more are at serious risk. nearly 200,000 people are evacuated. there are reports that some people are already sick. the government is planning to hand out special tablets to protect people, especially children, from cancer. >>> now we're getting word that the prime minister is calling this japan's greatest hardship since world war ii. it's a situation that is changing by the second. as we said, the japanese government admits there may be a partial meltdown happening at two reactors at one nuclear facility in the quake zone. they're warning that another explosion similar to yesterday's could be imminent. so far, no reports of massive radiation leaks. the situation remains unstable. people within a 12-mile radius are being evacuated. take a look at this. the photo that says just so much. a small child being scanned for exposure to radiation. that's probably not the only child that will have to go through that. >> absolutely not. has to be scary and confusing for children there. this is an unprecedented man
is happening to nuclear power plants in japan and in order to avoid the electricity blackouts we have been conducting or giving out messages to reduce electricity use. >> okay. and in terms of the rescue effort, you've obviously got an incredibly big operation under way. what sort of support are you calling in from foreign countries because you are getting an idea of exactly what it is you need? >> of course, we have mobilized long distance forces and we are in the process of expanding beyond 60,000. and police and others and, of course, the u.s. government has generously offered their intention of making use of u.s. forces in japan. so there are ongoing foreign assistance being extended from different countries. >> are you asking for extensive support or can your military handle what you need right now? >> well, actually, it is our primary mission to control the situation locally and when there are shortages of assistance, you know, we may ask foreign governments or in some cases ngos, but the current situation is that we are -- government is conducting major operations in terms of rescue
for the first time, and we're learning that the death toll in japan could be exponentially higher than initial estimates. in one state alone, they say there could be more than 10,000 dead. christiane amanpour covers it all from the air and from the ground along with our team of reporters caught in the aftershocks. >>> and compounding the natural disaster, a potential nuclear one. partial meltdowns may already be happening at two reactors in japan, and four more are at serious risk this morning. nearly 200,000 people have been evacuated. there are reports that some people are already sick, and now the government is planning to hand out special tablets to protect people, especially children, from cancer. >>> and just now we're getting word that the prime minister of japan is calling this japan's greatest hardship since world war ii. it's a situation that's changing by the second. as we said, the japanese government now admits that there may be partial meltdown happening at two reactors at one nuclear facility in the quake zone, and they are warning that another explosion similar to yesterday's c
. in this hour, more images coming out of japan. we begin right in the middle of tsunami as it swept through the streets of sendai. this video almost defies belief, and we're going to take a moment and just let you hear it and let it play just as it was covered on the news in japan. >> okay. an unbelievable video, much of it new coming in to cnn. this is how it all played out on japanese television. we've been monitoring it, tijs of destruction and imagings of rescue and people who are walking around shellshocked because of what happened. large craters have opened up in the ground in many places in japan. this is a typical scene along where this tsunami and earthquake happened. there have been fires. we have seen fires at plants. and also we knee about what happened at the nuclear facility where there was an explosion and then a field of dae brie and devastation. we're told that many of these fields that you're seeing were neighborhoods at one point, but everything collapsed. impossible, pretty much, to get around parts of japan right now because the streets are covered in muck and in mud. a
. these pictures are from myoko, japan. we'll look at fresh pictures from those that witness and stood right there capturing the tsunami as it enveloped their surroundings. these are pictures that are hard to believe, but you're seeing them, and they're the proof of it all. good morning. i'm alex witt, and this is msnbc sunday. we have three big developments to tell you about in japan. first, the country's top government spokesman says a partial meltdown is most likely underway. the nuclear power plant reactor, about 170 miles north of tokyo. three reactors at that plant lost their cooling functions in the aftermath of an active earthquake and tsunami. meanwhile, massive vacs are underway for a 12 mile radius around those nuclear plants. more than 200,000 residents have been forced to leave their homes. one japanese official says nine people have already tested positive for high radiation levels on their skin and clothing. the number of dead continues to climb. officials say at least 1,200 people now have died. however, that number is expected to rise and potentially dramatically. >>> we are
, for continuing coverage. captioning by, closed captioning services, inc. >> eric: a "fox news alert," could japan be teetering on the edge of a nuclear disaster, reeling from the devastating earthquake and tsunami? the nuclear concerns are bringing new worries, this morning that the crisis in the country could get worse and there could be another big earthquake. hello, i'm eric sean, on this busy sunday morning. >> jamie: i'm jamie colby. japan's prime minister is now calling the crisis there, one of the worst since the endf world war ii. they are worried about possible melt downs and potential for an explosion at nuclear reactors, along the northeast earn coast. and, more than 170,000 people evacuating the area, where authorities fear now more than 10,000 people have already died from the quake and a wall of water that rushed right through. david piper on the ground, streaming live with the latest from tokyo. david, give us the latest. what is the situation, with the nuclear scare? >> reporter: well, jamie, there's a real fear that there could be a nuclear melted down, the latest we have is the
for customers with disabilities at 800-974-6006 tty/v. >>> tonight on "world news" from japan, extraordinary new images of the tsunami's fury. and as our team reaches the worst hit areas, the full scope of the humanitarian crisis becomes clearer. more than 10,000 feared dead in one region alone, perhaps far more. and as we discovered, for the survivors, food, gas and electricity running short. >>> the neuroer will emergency here. a sixth reactor is in trouble. two have suffered partial meltdowns. nearly 200 people have been exposed to radiation. and this crisis is far from over. >>> to the rescue. the has save effort from the united states. ships, planes, search dogs. >>> and the remarkable stories of survival. >>> and reunited. amid so much despair here, relief and joy as loved ones, separated by the tsunami, are tonight back together again. >>> and good evening from japan tonight. we are coming to you north of tokyo. and just moments ago in this city, we noticed something. all of the power in all of these buildings went out. part of the massive rolling blackouts sweeping this country, as ja pa
>> corn over a nuclear power plant in japan . an explosion earlier and another emergency at the same facility and just a short time on ago, a report of a big after shock. the epi center just 80 mile nuclear reactor in. i am harris fallkener. we are live tonight. losing ground in libya. rebel forces driven back. punishing attacks from the sky on our journal on the ground in the middle. >> earlier al-gaddafi attacked the town. the bomb was dropped and antiaircraft fire going up. >> fox reports from inside of libya as calls for a no fly zone. >> 14 people on board of a casino bus killed after the driver loses control. >> he struck it and the bus is tipped over at that time and cuts down the middle of the bus. >> but did another vehicle play a role. >> union protestors refusing to quit. thousands returning to the wisconsin state capitol after a crippling defeat over the collective bargaining rights. they are promising someone will pay for their loss . >> it is sunday in japan. a new danger following the tsunami and earthquake. the building at the power plant is destroyed and
now. >>> the known death toll in japan's tsunami disaster is now over 1200 but a government official believes more than 10,000 people may have died in one region alone. and this morning, the possibility of meltdowns in two nuclear reactors. the japanese government believes there could be a second hydrogen explosion similar to one yesterday in the building housing another reactor. 200,000 people have been evacuated from the reactor area. 160 people have been checked for radiation exposurexposure. nine tested positive and health authorities are already distributing iodine tablets as an antidote. they were told to close doors and windows, put a wet towel over their mouth and cover up. they announced rolling power outages and called this japan's most difficult moment since world war ii. >>> today catastrophe in japan. the latest from ambassador -- >> this is the worst earth quake we have had. >> and expert take on the nuclear hazard and lessons for america with former fema director james lee witt. and jon kyl, democratic leader dick durbin. i'm candy crowley. and this is "state of the un
say has begun. kron 4 spoke to the possibility vote in now on. >>reporter: fear is growing in japan about a possible nuclear meltdown. workers aren't evil the " three reactors after large quake jolted the region and south coast and on these costs even more damage. japanese officials that if so desperate it began helping sea water on to the reactors. top travertine is a nuclear energy expert in the senate left the water is used reactor will never work again. half a day >> in keeping cool continuously, and they're not going to be usable. i laugfin the risk to be cliff at large is low. chernobyl was a different kind of reactor, it's the kind of reactor that we don't allow in your or in the ninth for japan. there is enough information for anybody to tell you what is going happen next if >>reporting live, this is kron4 news. >>reporter: is video showing the powerful finale rolling into town for e.f. the nation is having a hard time recovering after a surge water continues to push through coastal cities. off more than two under 15,000 people have been evacuated off are in temporary shelte
is taking care of your business by taking care of your employees. >>> alarming, new developments in japan today, new concerns about a meltdown at one of the damaged nuclear power plants and new numbers on how many people may have been exposed to radiation. >>> and take a look at this. new, amateur video that came in just a short time ago. can you believe that? it is from the moment that the tsunami hit. these pictures are from miyako, japan, and in a moment we'll show you video from people who sat there and witnessed the tsunami envelope their surroundings. it's hard to believe. good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt and this is "msnbc sunday." we have three big developments to tell you about this morning in japan. the government's top spokesperson says a partial meltdown is most likely under way at a nuclear power plant about 170 miles north of tokyo. three reactors at that plant lost their cooling functions in the aftermath of the massive earthquake and tsunami. meanwhile, more than 200,000 people have been forced to evacuate a 12-mile radius around those nuclear plants. japan's chief ca
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